HDS 1751

Early Christian Thought 3: The Syriac Tradition

Charles Marshall Stang


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the Syriac Christian tradition in the late antique and medieval periods. Syriac-speaking Christians constitute an ancient community that stretched from the Eastern Mediterranean to China, a community diverse in its beliefs and practices, prolific and accomplished in its literary output, and bound by a common language (Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic). This course will cover the early, diverse period of Syriac literature (2nd and 3rd centuries); the subsequent "golden" age of Syriac literature, associated with such authors as Ephrem and Jacob of Serug; some forms of asceticism and spirituality peculiar to Syriac Christianity; and finally, the stretch of Syriac Christianity eastward, to India and China. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1420


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Tues 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None